More than 30 years after its inception, Cactus Salon & Spa and its team of continually educated stylists have not lost their edge—they earned the Long Island Press's designation as Best Hair Salon and Best Day Spa in 2011 and 2012. It's not surprising, then, that the salon has enjoyed such impressive growth over the years, with more than two dozen separate spa and salon locations.
Although hair is still the focus—stylists craft 'dos that reflect everyday ease or fashion-forward thinking—the repertoire has expanded to include everything from nail treatments and massages to permanent cosmetics and laser services. Since the roster is so broad, many clients take advantage of Cactus Club memberships, which give them the flexibility to try multiple services and products by deactivating the force fields between treatment rooms and granting a 33% discount on Sunday, Tuesday, and Wednesday.
Sonia of Sonia's Waxing Plus Skin Care Salon has been beautifying bodies since the early 1980s. A proud proponent of the Brazilian waxing style, she's helped countless clients go bare over the course of three decades, and today continues to offer services for both male and female clients. She staffs her three area salons with veteran aestheticians who perform waxing services as well as 10 different types of facials powered by a signature line of high-end, natural skincare products.
Pagoda Acupuncture’s licensed practitioners employ ancient Chinese medical techniques to restore youthful looks to clients’ faces without chemicals or surgery. The session commences with a one-on-one consultation with Pagoda owner and founder Heather L. Romano, whose interview swiftly unearths patients’ concerns and desires, much like a bulldozer driven by Sigmund Freud. Practitioners then lightly prick facial skin with thin needles, unleashing a face-soothing free-for-all designed to stimulate collagen production, tighten pores, and boost local blood flow. Virtually painless for most patients, the treatment can help to firm, tone, and lift skin without the use of harsh chemicals, invasive surgery, or tiring face workouts led by Richard Simmons’ eyebrows.
Since its first studio opening in Long Island in 1996, Angel Tips has been dedicated to providing expert waxing, nail, and eye treatments. This dedication has remained steadfast as the brand––which also includes Tahiti’a Spas––has grown to more than 60+ locations across New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut, each staffed with passionate and highly trained technicians.
Despite the company's ever-expanding presence, each Angel Tips remains solely focused on the customer, following strict sanitary procedures that include using only disposable files and nail buffers. They also strive to make each mani-pedi, as luxurious as possible, often incorporating exfoliating honey scrubs, hot stone leg and foot massages, and the latest polishes, including chip-resistant OPI gel. When it comes to skincare, aestheticians leave no pore un-purged, using algomasks and microdermabrasion to polish faces and exfoliating bodies with a signature scrub, detoxifying sauna, and Vichy shower massage. And to ensure skin stays as soft and smooth as possible, technicians can also remove unwanted hair from more than 15 different areas, either by waxing, threading, or asking each hair annoying questions until it leaves.
Signature Service: European/Swedish Massage
Handicap Accessible: Yes
Staff Size: 1 person
Parking: Parking lot
What are some of your most popular services? What do you think clients love them so much?
As an independent massage therapist, I can pay special attention to my clients' individual needs. I do not need to adhere to time constraints, unlike the chains. If a client is scheduled for 60 minutes, they get 60 minutes, not 55. I specialize in Swedish, medical, and pregnancy massage. I also work with breast cancer patients
Besides making clients happy, what do you like most about your job?
I work in the most simple and relaxed setting, which allows me to give a relaxing massage experience.
Dr. Douglas Wright calls upon more than 20 years of chiropractic experience to lead a staff that keeps backs kink-free with spinal adjustments, orthopedic treatments, and physical therapy. Chiropractic visits typically begin with a thorough back exam that searches out crooked vertebrae, which can cause chronic pain and impede the nervous system from functioning properly. Through adjustments, a chiropractic specialist gently nudges spines back into place before a massage therapist kneads tension out of knotted muscles. The office's occupational therapy helps keep bodies in shape for jobs or leisure activities, and nutrition counseling revamps diets for clients who've lost bets to eat nothing but Atomic Fireballs for five years.